\ ˈsün , especially New England ˈsu̇n \

Definition of soon 

1a obsolete : at once : immediately

b : without undue time lapse : before long soon after sunrise

2 : in a prompt manner : speedily as soon as possible the sooner the better no sooner said than done

3 archaic : before the usual time

4 : in agreement with one's choice or preference : willingly I'd just as soon walk as drive

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Examples of soon in a Sentence

We will soon be making changes. The soonest I can get there is tomorrow. When is the soonest possible date of delivery? The audience soon realized that it wasn't a stunt. She found a job soon after graduation. How soon can you finish the job? The sooner you finish your homework, the sooner you can go outside and play. I will let you know as soon as possible. I'll get there as soon as I can.
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Other niche players have caught on to the idea that high-performance and electric propulsion are far from mutually exclusive—and may soon become synonymous. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Pininfarina's Back With a $2 Million Electric Hypercar," 14 July 2018 During a visit to the island soon after the storm hit, Trump scored few points among residents by flipping rolls of paper towels to survivors. Arelis R. Hernandez And Joel Achenbach,, "Failure of imagination hindered federal response to hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico," 14 July 2018 The jokes of #BrettKavanaughScandals soon expanded to include specific jabs at CNN, at newsrooms, at journalists in general. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Brett Kavanaugh, Jim Jordan, and the Fog of the Partisan," 13 July 2018 The final say in fashion, Wintour hosts the Met Gala each year, attracting top houses and stars from Scarlett Johansson to Amal Clooney, though she's rumored to be leaving Conde Nast soon. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Nike Launching Vogue Air Jordans That Are Anna Wintour-Approved," 13 July 2018 In Windsor, the sweltering heat did not discourage a good number of protesters from turning out, and soon enough High Street filled up. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "London’s ‘Trump Baby’ Balloon Flies as Protests Take Off Across U.K.," 13 July 2018 General Motors will soon hit the 200,000-car threshold with its line of electric vehicles. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt is still under investigation by EPA watchdog," 13 July 2018 That has boosted shipping prices, lifting costs for businesses that may soon be passed on to consumers. Christopher Rugaber, Fox News, "US inflation reaches 2.9 percent in June, highest in 6 years," 13 July 2018 Water percolates through such artificial embankments; the rats and land crabs soon destroy their integrity. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "“Foul Treachery” of Trotsky and Lenin in 1918; Phineas Gage’s Brain in 1868," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of soon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for soon

Middle English soone, from Old English sōna; akin to Old High German sān immediately

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English Language Learners Definition of soon

: at a time that is not long from now

: in a short time after something happens

: in a quick way


\ ˈsün \
sooner; soonest

Kids Definition of soon

1 : without delay : before long The fog soon disappeared.

2 : in a prompt way : quickly I'll call you as soon as possible.

3 : before long They soon learned the truth.

4 : early entry 1 sense 2 I wish you'd told me sooner.

5 : by choice : willingly I would sooner walk than ride.

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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